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Modesto residents are asking for city’s help to stop falling trees

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- With fallen trees, missing limbs and holes in the ground, families said living on Modesto’s Ardmor Avenue is like gambling with their safety.

“It’s like a nightmare on Ardmor Street because trees are just falling everywhere,” said resident Heidi Fountain.

“It’s a concern for me because the trees are over 65 years old. They’re old,” said resident Eldon Glenn.

Fountain said one of those trees crashed near her daughter’s car in the last week of November.

“We would just like to be able to park our cars, live in our homes and not worry about trees falling,” Fountain told FOX40.

Fountain said this time, the fallen timber only scraped the back of her daughter’s car. Her neighbor’s work truck wasn’t so lucky. And in the summer of 2018, neither was her daughter’s brand new Hyundai

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Christmas Tree Lightings, Parades, And Holiday Events In The Sacramento Region

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Communities throughout Northern California are planning Christmas Tree lightings, holiday parades, and seasonal festivities throughout November and December.

Here is a list of events from throughout the region. Don’t see your town’s tree lighting on this list? Please email the information to web@cbssacramento.com.

While you’re planning your holiday activities, don’t forget to watch the 12 Daves of Christmas. On the 12 weekdays leading up to Christmas Day, Dave Bender will be checking out local neighborhoods’ best light displays.

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TURLOCK Aging Turlock science building will be demolished, redesigned in contemporary style

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TURLOCK, Calif. — At Canal Drive and Berkeley Avenue in Turlock, a nearly 60-year-old science building on the corner of an iconic school campus will be torn down.

While nostalgia for the building may exist, there’s no doubting that this decades-old building in the Turlock Unified School District is a bit of a mess. Officials say there are no windows for the classrooms, a lack of clarity on travel paths in the building, a lack of modern safety fixtures, and an utter lack of space for a campus with more than 2,000 students.

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Turlock Fire Department service still suffering from budget cuts, staffing shortage

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TURLOCK, Calif — It has been four months since the Turlock Fire Department took a $1.1 million budget cut. Since then, they have faced a major staffing shortage and they've had to take one of their four fire engines out of service more than 60% of the time.

"I live in close proximity to a fire department... and know that [sometimes] I don't have that protection, nor do any of my neighbors. It's not comforting," Amy Boylan-Mendes, a neighbor said.

Boylan-Mendes said she has lived next to the fire station for more than 25 years. She said when she wales up every morning, she checks to see if a white SUV is parked outside of that fire station. If it's there, that means the closest fire engine to her house has been taken out of service for the day.

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Nearly 300 California fire departments are battling the Kincade Fire

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CALIFORNIA, USA — In an instant, hordes of firefighters traveled hundreds of miles from their homes to the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County to help Californians in need.

Nearly 300 fire departments, operational areas, and protection districts charged toward fire line of the raging Kincade Fire, a fire that has forced nearly 200,000 people to leave their homes.

According to Cal Fire, roughly 5,000 fire personnel are involved in the fire fight in Sonoma County. Those firefighters are comprised of crews as near as Bodgea Bay and Santa Rosa and as far as Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego. That response is due to the state's fire and rescue mutual aid system, once touted by State Fire and Rescue Chief Kim Zagaris as "the best in the world."

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Rep. Josh Harder slams PG&E for California blackouts in floor speech

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Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, slammed the utility company PG&E for their widespread blackouts in California while giving executives bonuses in a floor speech on October 23, 2019.

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Is expensive milk worth the cost? | The difference between cheap and expensive milk

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CALIFORNIA, USA — The milk inside the grocery store bottle isn't all that different despite the price you pay, the packaging it comes in, and the marketing behind it.

ABC10 spoke with experts in the dairy industry, agricultural economics, and nutrition to see how much of a factor the quality of milk plays in the grocery store price.

Speaking as a former Turlock dairyman, Ray Souza said the main difference you'll see in regard to milk is the packaging on the bottle.

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Full church honors Merced County fire captain who died in line of duty

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A decorated Merced County Cal Fire captain was laid to rest Thursday after a traditional processional through the city of Merced and services at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Capt. Paul Rotondaro died in a traffic crash on Highway 140 near the Gustine airport, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Rotondaro had left the Gustine Cal Fire Station 74 and was heading to another station when the head-on collision occurred, Merced County Cal Fire spokesperson Scott McLean said.

Rotondaro started his Merced County firefighting career in 2006. He was selected as the 2018 Merced County Firefighter of the Year, according to the Merced County Office of Emergency Services.

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Person Hit, Killed By Vehicle On Highway 99 In Turlock

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TURLOCK (CBS13) – Authorities say a person who was on Highway 99 near Turlock late Tuesday night was hit and killed by a vehicle.

The incident happened a little after 11 p.m. on the freeway at Lander Avenue. California Highway Patrol’s Merced division says a pedestrian who was on the freeway was killed. No information about the person has been released at this point.

The driver stayed at the scene after the pedestrian was hit and cooperated with the investigation, officers say.

Both directions on Highway 99 were closed for a time but were reopened by the early morning hours on Wednesday.

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One Year From Today You Must Have A Real ID

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – One year from today people will need a REAL ID to fly domestically or enter secure federal facilities or military bases.

Starting October 1, 2020, people will not be allowed to use their old driver’s license or state-issued identification. You can use a valid passport, military ID, Global Entry Card, or other federally approved documents.

The California REAL ID has a gold bear and a star.

You must go in-person to a DMV office in order to get a REAL ID and bring the following items:

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